Saturday, March 8th is International Women’s Day. What does that precisely mean? And why do we feel we have a need to recognize women?
Here are 10 good reasons.
1. Females make up over half of the population. From those who enjoy Your Home to those who are as far-flung as our imaginations can carry us, and everywhere in between.
2. Women have always been brewers (see, I stayed on topic). Brewing is cooking, and women have always been actively engaged in the food arena in life.
3. In a great majority of countries women are still second-class citizens and that’s fundamentally wrong. No one gender of person has more or less value than another.
4. Women in America are still paid, on average, 23% less than male counterparts.
5. Women are capable of everything and able to do anything.
6. Women are the reason we’re around. Yes it takes two to reproduce and women bear the majority of that task.
7. There are certainly celebrated women the world over, yet not enough.
8. There are scores of underappreciated and even recognized women and females the world over, wherein “any” is too many.
9. Women keep changing the world for the better.
10. It’s a proven fact via myriad research that societies with a mindful equity respect for women and men are so much more productive, healthy, and happy populations.
Notice I use the word equity instead of equality. (Mirriam-Webster) Nature has a way of equalizing things, yet we’re not in charge here. Humans should aim for equity instead of equality.
I look forward to the days where gender is a non-issue. Alas! It still is and talking about it and acting to change it will be the way to remove the inequitable in our world. It’ll never be the impossible perfect, yet it can be a whole world of good better.
So today’s the day (as is every day) to recognize, thank, and appreciate women. Skip the chocolates, massages, and other tired pithy nonsense and say THANK YOU. Ask her what you can do for her that holds real meaning and purpose. Do something that really matters. It may make you slightly uncomfortable and that’s how progress is made.
I thank you for reading. And I’ll thank you more for acting for women the globe over.
Till the next glass –
Go Here: Time is one of the most valuable gifts we can give. Volunteer with an organization that truly works towards female equity. A quick Internet search will yield countless opportunities to help, from the Girl Scouts to human trafficking.
Try This: Give the gift of your time to a female you don’t know: Visit an elder care facility and talk with the women you meet (residents and staff), walk some dogs at the shelter (equal opportunity here), and anonymously donate a few dollars to a female focused charity.
This column was originally published on Your Home with Karie Engels.